Necropolis of Pantalica

August 07, 2020

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PhotographerKevin Saragozza
Summary Author: Kevin Saragozza 

Pantalica, or rather the rocky necropolis of Pantalica, is a natural archaeological site in the province of Syracuse (Sicily), Italy. It’s featured here in the mid-ground with the Milky Way as a backdrop. The name of the site seems to be derived from the Arabic word buntarigah (caves) a reference to many natural and artificial caves found here. Pantalica is one of the most important protohistoric Sicilian places, useful to understand the time of transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. It’s poetically, but not scientifically, identified with the ancient Hybla, a Sicilian kingdom that from the 13th to the 8th century B.C. extended from the Anapo valley to Syracuse. In 2005 this site was awarded, together with the city of Syracuse, the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its special historical, archaeological, speleological and landscape profiles. Photo taken on May 20, 2020

Photo Details: Photo composed of 18 shots, joined with the Sequator program and then processed with photoshop; f3.5; 25-second exposure; ISO 6400; Sony a7iii + Samyang camera; 14 mm; 2.8 AF.